On Thursday, I attended the Google Hangout to mark the first anniversary of the #iwill campaign which The Prince of Wales launched in 2013 with support from the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
Run by Step Up To Serve, The #iwill campaign is an independent charity set-up to organise all related activity.
This was Prince Charles’s first Google Hangout and it was brilliant. The event was hosted by television presenter Alex Jones.
Charles appeared live via webcam from Clarence House from where he chatted with young people involved in social action.
During the 30-minute video chat, The Prince, who is the patron of the Step Up To Serve charity, had the opportunity to talk publicly with a group of young people about their experiences of social action, with a focus on how they are using technology to help others.
The Prince noted that when he started the Step up to Serve Campaign he had a “long held vision that social action might become the norm.” Step Up To Serve, he continued can “harness the activity of what is enormously a team effort.” Charles added that he is “full of admiration” for those who contributed to help their communities as well as themselves.
Joining The Prince of Wales and Alex Jones at Clarence House was 19-year old George Fielding, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. George was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to young disabled people and their families.
In discussing why he chose to participate in social action, George commented that he had a “passion to represent those who are disabled.”
Charles congratulated George on his work and noted that it was “marvelous and so encouraging you didn’t let your disability get in the way of helping others.”
Jordan Caldwell, spoke remotely from Northern Ireland about his battle with anorexia and his pursuit to help young people with mental health issues and anorexia overcome the obstacles they face.
Prince Charles commended Jordan on his efforts and noted how he turned a “difficult situation into a positive one.”
Helen Davies, Live Chat Moderator for YouthNet and Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive of O2 also took part in today’s event. “Young People represent twenty percent of the population but one-hundred percent of our futures,” Dunne commented.
To learn more about the Step Up To Serve Campaign, visit their website: Step Up To Serve.
Photo Credit: Screenshot from Google + Hangout